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Turn Your Swag into Something Fancy (dress to tote tutorial)

I go to crafting conventions. A LOT of them. And one thing I never, ever learn is to step away from the swag. If it's free, I'm like a moth to a flame. Because of that, I have collected a lot of corporate drawstring bags. When I get home and unpack, I am confronted with the reality that my greediness has materialized as bags I'll never use with corporate logos splashed all over them. And that's where the guilt comes in... 

And if you're still puzzling over what I did, it's as simple as taking a skirt or dress you no longer wear (or one you snuck from your kid's closet- and yes, my daughter was fine with this since I gave her the bag when she got home from school) and cutting it to the size of the bag and doing a simple stitch around the opening of the convention bag to attach the skirt or dress.

The first time I made one of these bags. I had bought the most DARLING dress on Ebay. From Korea. Um. Apparently my 5'10" self isn't exactly the same size small as what the size small women in Korea wear. To say the least. When I opened my box, it looked like I had purchased a Barbie dress. But it was SO cute, I just couldn't give it to Goodwill. So my first convention bag makeover dress was born. And a little disclaimer, I currently work as a Lead Fiskateer for Fiskars so this PARTICULAR bag in the photo below, well, I kind of love it because I designed it so I didn't sew down the bottom of the dress on this one- I wanted my fellow Fiskateers to see how I could add a cover to our Fiskateer bags but still represent =). Embellished with Prima flowers and a few other goodies from my papercrafting stash:

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You and I are on the same crafty wave-length.... I was just staring at my closet full of convention bags hoping I'd muster up the strength to do something with them. Great idea!

April 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Curire

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